Flavors Of The Pacific Come To Life

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January 18, 2016

Story By: Dining Out Team |

Fijian Curry and Rice ($5). Nathalie Walker photo

Fijian Curry and Rice ($5). Nathalie Walker photo

Take a journey back in time and discover old Laie at Polynesian Cultural Center, where you can find Hukilau Marketplace. Offering dining and shopping experiences like no other, accompanied by daily live performances, Hukilau Marketplace has a variety of places to grab an authentic Polynesian bite to eat.

Recently converted to a food truck late last year is Taste of Polynesia, which strives to serve Polynesian food and share its culture with guests from all over the world. With many Polynesian people residing in Laie, the food offered at Taste of Polynesia — such as its Meat Pie ($6) or Fish and Chips ($8.50) — brings comfort to those far away from home.

The best part about Taste of Polynesia becoming a food truck is that it is located right next to the parking lot, meaning that visitors no longer need to pay to enter the villages — where it was previously located. Also, the food is affordable, there’s tons of parking and its speedy service is convenient for those on their way in or out of the North Shore.


One of Taste of Polynesia’s most popular menu items is Fijian Curry and Rice ($5), a chicken-style curry from Fiji with an Indian influence. Since there were many Indians settling in Fiji, the curry’s culinary inspiration is a mixture of the two cultures. However, the dish is unique with its own texture, flavor and color — different from traditional Indian curry — and features spicy and tangy tastes.

Taste Of Polynesia

55-370 Kamehameha Hwy., Laie
Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m.; closed Sundays

Laie, HI 96762

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